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Posted by on Sep 3, 2009 in UK, US |

Savarona was a Fitting Yacht for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Before the terms were invented, this classic was a superyacht, make that a megayacht.

A remarkable yacht is lying in Gocek, Turkey, this week. When it was built in 1931, no yacht was larger (it’s 408 feet long!). The Turkish government owned her in the late ’30s and, for a brief time before he died, the founder of the Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Attaturk had the use of her.

Eastern Mediterranean YachtWorld.com representative Jonathan Bowker had the chance to tour her, and since most of us couldn’t be there with him, we thought it would be fun to share a look at a few of the photos that Jonathan secured. You can see more of them in the story he wrote about her and also read about the royalty and Hollywood stars who have been aboard her.

—John Burnham

The xx-foot Savarona in Gocek. Aygullll photo.

The 408-foot Savarona in Gocek, Turkey. Aygullll photo.

The dining area

The dining area. (This and following photos courtesy Gemi Kurtama Denizcilik ve Turizm A.S.)

A place to relax while digesting

A place to relax while digesting

On deck, al fresco dining is an option.

On deck, al fresco dining is an option.

A classic look from stem to stern

A classic look from stem to stern